Residents at risk of being scammed over COVID-19 vaccine.
Dyfed Powys Police Economic Crime Team has become aware that criminals have been sending texts and emails attempting to lure people to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.
DC Gareth Jordan, from the Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The text is made to look like it comes from the NHS and states ‘we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine’ and advises you to follow a link to get more information and ‘apply’.”
“If you follow the link, you are taken to a convincing looking, but fake NHS website that asks for your personal details."
“After entering your details, it then requests bank/card details to ‘check your identity’.”
“But as with all scams, if you look a little closer, you will see it is not real. In this instance, note the URL is not www.nhs.uk."
“As multiple vaccines are now being approved for use in the UK, these types of fraud attempts will continue as criminals look to take advantage of the vaccine roll out."
“It’s not only texts, beware of cold calls and emails regarding the vaccine as scammers are also asking people to pay for it over the phone. Remember – the vaccine is free of charge and there is no way to jump the queue by paying for a ‘priority slot’."
“If you receive one of these calls, hang up and block the number."
“If you have received an email, which you are not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at email@example.com."
“Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726. This free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.”
- Stop: Take a moment to think before parting with your money or information - it could keep you safe.
- Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
- Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam and report it to the Police.
- Remember – The NHS, The police, or your bank, will never ask you to withdraw money or transfer it to a different account. They will also never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN.
Do not click on links or attachments in unexpected or suspicious texts or emails.
Confirm requests are genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly.
Always check the URL of a website.
Scammers are trying to trick people regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine.
The NHS don’t need your bank details and won’t ask for them in an email or text.
One Voice Wales and Save a Life Cymru are working together to encourage communities across Wales to understand the importance of learning CPR ( Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and using a defibrillator.
Every year, in Wales, over 6,000 people will have a cardiac arrest and at least 80% will happen in the home. Currently less than 5% will survive a cardiac arrest if it happens in the community.
There is no telling who will be next and it can happen suddenly to anyone at any age.
Save a Life Cymru’s mission is to equip the people of Wales with lifesaving CPR and defibrillation skills to help reduce the number of people who die as a result of a cardiac arrest. We can only achieve this if we all work together.
Their website is: www.gov.wales/savealifecymru
The Welsh Blood Service just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping to raise awareness for the recent blood donation clinic in Lampeter.
We had over 190 donors attend which resulted in 174 donations, 14 of which were new donors which is amazing.
Being able to maintain the blood supply for our hospitals means patients in Wales can continue to receive the lifesaving transfusions they need.
I can’t thank you enough for all your support, it really does make a difference.
- They phone you to tell you about fraudulent activity on your bank card, but then start asking you for personal information or even your PIN to verify who you are.
- They may try to offer you peace of mind by having someone pick up your bank card from you to save you the trouble of having to go to your bank or local police station (Courier).
- These callers are criminals who will try gain your trust by making you think they are police officers.
- Do not engage in conversation with them.
- Do not allow them to arrange collection of bank cards.
- Put the phone down.
- Block the number they called from.
- Tell your friends and neighbours about this scam.
- Report it to your local police force by contacting them via their online webpage or 101.
The Welsh Government has launched a new scheme to help tenants struggling with rent arrears, and those who may also struggle to pay future months’ rent as a result of coronavirus.
The scheme is the only one of its kind in the UK, and offers cheap loans (1% APR) to cover rent arrears, or future months’ rent, reducing the risk of eviction and homelessness.
The money is paid directly to landlords or agents and will need to be repaid over a period of up to 5 years.
Once a tenant has applied for the loan they will be able to access support and advice services to help them manage their financial situation.
You can apply on the Apply for a loan to help pay your rent arrears due to coronavirus page on the Welsh Government website.
For more information visit the Scheme to help tenants affected by coronavirus launches in Wales press release on the Welsh Government website.
Pictured – Sarah Davies (Chair) presenting the Chwarae Teg AgileNation2 Leadership Award to Kimberley Rees, Centre Manager
Canolfan Deuluol Ty’r Teulu Llanybydder Family Centre located within Cwm Aur/Hafan Unit had to close it’s doors at the beginning of March because of the Covid virus. It has been a challenging few months but at our first Management meeting since the Spring, the Manager, Kimberley Rees, explained that during the pandemic the Family Centre was able to support local families virtually and through the distribution of nappies and clothing, as well as signposting to other organisations for advice.
In addition, local children were able to access the Family Centre Facebook page with lots of activities and weekly competitions with super prizes for the winners supported by Llanybydder & Rhydcymerau Community Council donation. On the 13th August, we held our first weekly garden meeting with families having to book a session in advance. All Risk Assessments are carried out regularly to conform with Welsh Government/Public Health guidelines and Kimberley reported that these park and open air sessions will continue until the Centre is able to re-open fully.
It was also an opportunity for the Chair, Sarah Davies, to present Kimberley with her Chwarae Teg Agile Nation2 Leadership Award which was completed at the beginning of the year. This project is funded by Welsh Government and European Social Fund and supports women in their career progression. Congratulations to Kimberley on a great achievement and to our Play Leader, Hannah Benson, for making the Centre so welcoming for local families. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
Does your community have difficulty in accessing high speed broadband? If so, residents and businesses could be entitled to a broadband upgrade.
Welsh Government recently announced it has topped up the value of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme to those with less than 30Mbps.
The vouchers have doubled in value and those eligible can now claim £7,000 for a small to medium sized business and £3,000 for residential premises.
This scheme enables communities to work together to get better digital connectivity.
If you would like to read more please visit Carmarthenshire County Council's news item, More funding for better broadband in rural communities, or if you are interested in attending a webinar to discuss further please contact your area team representative.
A new website has been launched by UK Government for you to register your interest for better broadband in your area. We would appreciate if you could register on the website and encourage your community to do the same.
Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services Community Recognition
CAVS are launching a new campaign today to recognise the incredible service that some shops etc have provided during lock down. Since measures have been lifted, even slightly, some of us are returning to the larger supermarket chains for our grocery shopping instead of continuing to support our local stores. We want to take the moment to identify those who delivered when others couldn’t, who found the gluten free flour, who kept us is fresh fruit and veg … some additional promotion for them and a huge THANK YOU, from us.
For more information please visit Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services website.
This is a letter from the Welsh Government. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately we were unsuccessful with the application for the Western Power Distribution - In This Together - Community Matters Fund.
Carmarthenshire County Council has launched a new initiative to support the growth and resilience of rural towns across the County. Owen Davies Consulting Ltd are the appointed lead consultants working with Llanybydder to prepare growth plans for each town.
Are you a local business? Maybe you live or work in Llanybydder?
Please complete our survey so you can help shape the future prosperity of your community - www.economicgrowthplans.co.uk/
Temporary Road Closure - A485 Abergwili to Llanybydder & A482 Llanwrda to Lampeter
A request has been received for the temporary road closure of the A485, from its junction with the TR A40 Abergwili to Carmarthen for a total distance of 17 miles in a northerly direction. Also, the A482, from its junction with the TR A40 Llanwrda for a total distance of 16 miles in a north-westerly direction.
The alternative route for the A485 Abergwili to Llanybydder closure will be via the A485, A482 and TR A40.
The alternative route for the A482 Llanwrda to Lampeter closure will be via TR A40, A485 and A482.
Only one road closure to be in operation at a time.
The prohibitions, which will be applied intermittently, are expected to operate from Monday 1st July, 2019 for a period of 18 months, or until the transportation of the Wind Turbine components has been completed.
The effect of the Notice is to temporarily prohibit all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, other than exempted vehicles and persons, from proceeding along the lengths of the County roads specified in the Schedule to this Notice during such times as advised by the police and/or attendants employed pursuant to the Abnormal Indivisible Loads (AIL) (as defined in the Road Vehicle (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003. The prohibitions are expected to be for maximum periods of 10 minutes.
Enclosed is a plan (N.T.S.) illustrating the length of road to be closed and alternative route.
Community Speed Watch Group
Volunteers needed to set up a Community Speed Watch group - Training will be provided.
Llanybydder Village Community
LLVC hold events throughout the year, to raise money for the Annual Carnival and Childrens Christmas party.
Without the support of the people of Llanybydder and the surrounding area, we wouldn't be able to raise the funds necessary to hold these very special occasions for the Village.
Fund raising ideas are always welcome and there's a welcome to anyone who wants to join the committee.
Check out their Facebook page.